Top 10 Famous and Deadly Swords
The best swords were never just meant for the purpose of winning wars. Like books, they are also record keepers with hundreds and hundreds of stories etched on their blades, only, instead of words, scratches tell the tales. A warrior or general is incomplete without his or her weapon: a weapon that, after each fight, proves to be a part of its owner. This way, even after the demise of the owner, the sword remains a proof of the heroism it had seen in its time. Given below is a list of the top ten famous and deadly swords of all time. It is possible that you may not be aware of the cool swords but you may probably have heard about the owners. Check it out!
Widely considered as the father of Europe, Charlemagne, also known as Charles I, was not only made the Roman Emperor but also the King of the Franks. Joyeuse was his most cherished weapon. Unique to sword designs, this sword consists of elements collected from different centuries.
Curved Saber of San Martin
This curved sword is known for being owned by José de San Martín, the general who led Peru to its independence in 1821. San Martin took this best sword with him on every mission and in his will, proclaimed it to be “The saber that has accompanied me throughout the War of Independence of South America”.
Unlike the other types of swords on the list, this one was never forged for fighting wars. It is believed to have been used for only religious purposes and was offered as a peace offering from King Geunchogo of Baekje to the King of Eastern Jin of that time.
Famous swords have a way of paying tribute to the very famous people who had owned them once. William Wallace was a Scottish knight who spent his entire life resisting the English, ultimately giving his life for his country when captured by the English army.
Unlike the other sword names in the list, the Tizona Sword was not named after its owner, El Cid, a Spanish military leader during the reign of Alfonso VI. The 103 cm inches long relic is now on display at the Museo de Burgos in Spain.
This item is truly one of the cool swords of all time. Originally belonging to Napoleon in the 1800s, this weapon has been passed down from generation to generation until it was auctioned off to a buyer in France in 2007 for around $6.4 million dollars.
Sword of Mercy
During his reign, King Oliver Cromwell of England ordered the melting down of ancient swords for gold and metal. This relic is one of the few weapons known to have survived that terrible period. Originally, the Sword of Mercy belonged to Edward the Confessor, who ruled England from 1042 to 1066.
A scimitar is a South Asian sword with a curved blade. It is said that this sword was gifted by the prophet Muhammad to his son-in-law Ali who later went on to use it at the Battle of the Trench. A priceless artifact, this is the best sword in the world.
Instead of being named after its owner, this sword is called after Masamune, a Japanese sword-maker. Of all the Masamune legendary swords ever forged, this one takes the cake since it disappeared right after the Second World War and has yet not been found.
Tomoyuki Yamashita’s Sword
Although this cool sword is more renowned for being the weapon of a Japanese general during the Second World War, it was actually manufactured sometime during the 16th century. The sword had seen many atrocities at the hand of its owner. After the war, Yamashita was tried and ordered a death sentence for his crimes.